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Let me very briefly compare these sites and their crowds about 1900 as background to contrasting patterns of "decline" after 1920, Coney Island is nine miles east of Manhattan on the southern tip of Brooklyn while Blackpool was near a rapidly-expanding industrial area of Lancashire, but much further from large diverse population centers (like London and even Liverpool).
By juxtaposing the two contrasting performances, Walker sets into relief important elements of Gracie Mae's background and the aesthetic principles and values which are reflected in her singing.
Habitual tricks with glass floors and balustrades are effortlessly incorporated, and raw concrete is surprisingly well finished, contrasting well with the more refined materials.